On behalf of the board of directors of the Chocorua Lake Conservancy (CLC), I want to thank this wonderful community for supporting our organization’s recently completed Timeless Chocorua capital campaign.
The CLC has a two-fold mission: 1) to protect the natural beauty of the Chocorua Lake Basin for future generations, and 2) to provide access to Chocorua Lake and to nearby conservation lands to local residents and visitors.
To sustain this mission long into the future, the CLC launched the Timeless Chocorua campaign in 2016. With your help we achieved our ambitious campaign goal and raised over $1.8 million dollars over the past two years.
To celebrate our 50th anniversary year, we held 50 events over the past six months for CLC donors and the local community. Perhaps you came to our 50th Kickoff Celebration next to Chocorua Lake in late June? Or you attended our opening reception of the “Impressions of the White Mountains” art show at the Tamworth History Center in early August? Or celebrated with us at our Timeless Chocorua Donor Appreciation Party at Juniper Lodge over Labor Day weekend?
We are grateful to the 358 households who donated to the Timeless Chocorua campaign, which included over 100 first-time donors. Our support was geographically diverse: households in 62 New Hampshire towns and across 31 states contributed, with 170 gifts coming from New Hampshire residents. We are particularly appreciative of the generous support of the 71 households in Chocoura, Tamworth, South Tamworth and Wonalancet that contributed to the campaign.
We also want to thank the Tamworth Foundation, the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), the Fields Pond Foundation, and the Samuel P. Hunt Foundation, which all provided generous grant funding.
These donations and grants funded the purchase of a conservation easement to protect a historic piece of land from development and ensure public access for visitors in perpetuity. Located on Route 16 south of Chocorua Lake, the Basin View Lot is one of the most photographed scenes in all of New England every fall. At the top of the hill, a historic barn complements a stunning view of the Chocorua Lake, the Narrows Bridge, and Mount Chocorua. This iconic view was chosen for the U.S. Treasury’s “America the Beautiful” quarter issued in 2013.
In addition, the Timeless Chocorua campaign secured the CLC’s long-term financial stability by creating two funds to provide us the necessary income to continue employing a Stewardship Director (currently Lynne Flaccus) and providing convenient, attractive public access for local residents and other visitors to Chocorua Lake and trails on nearby conservation lands the CLC owns or maintains.
To stay connected with us this year, please sign up for our newsletter to learn more about events and volunteer opportunities, or make a year-end donation to our Annual Fund. Thank you again for helping us strengthen our commitment to the Chocorua Lake Basin.
Board President (2018-19)
Chocorua Lake Conservancy